Some of the things Rafa Benitez will be trying to do this summer – always assuming he stays on at Newcastle – is to ensure we get a good start in the Premier League.
Last season was terrible as we got just three draws and seven defeats in what was a tough first 10 matches of the season – one of our worst starts ever to a Premier League season.
We must do a lot better early on next season.
Rafa will also want to be busy in the transfer market but will rely on Lee Charnley to go after the players he has identified that he wants Newcastle to buy.
We hope that Newcastle bring the new players in quickly this summer – for a change.
That’s one of the things Rafa wants the hierarchy to do – have a much faster and streamlined process for buying players in the transfer market.
And while Rafa understands the commercial value of having long haul trips to faraway places as part of the preseason – he also knows that’s not the best preseason preparation for the squad.
Rafa Benitez – has to manage a long-haul visit to China
He has talked in the Chronicle today on what he wants to do in preseason.
He has already said there will not be time to have a week away near Dublin this summer – as the squad has done for the last three years.
This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle:
“In terms of the trip, commercially and financially it could be fine.” “But in terms of football, it is not ideal.”
“We prefer to stay close and not travel too far away.”
“We do have experience in China and in Asia in general, and know what we have to do to maximize the time we’re there.”
“We will try to do something here and then go there.”
“We’ll look to make sure we can compete and use the games to improve the match fitness.”
It seems Rafa will not get too much time off this summer if he stays at the club.
If Rafa does sign a new deal, he will be very keen to bolster the squad with as many as five new players, and he will also be selling the fringe players we have out on loan at the moment.
The last thing he and the fans want next season is yet another season fighting relegation.
We’re all sick of that!